Alsace Wine Route "Route des Vins"
Every one of this Wine Route's 170 kilometers leads you to discover
a region where living has become a form of art.
The Alsace Wine Route looks like a living picture postcard: serried
ranks of well-kept vineyards rising over the foothills and Vosges Mountains. The retired ramparts now serve only
to protect the flower decked streets, welcoming inns, and inviting wine
cellars. Historic churches and fountains
generously bequethed by the renaissance stand tall in every town. For every one of these unforgettable
sights, the Alsace Wine Route merits your visit. The gateway at Marlenheim, stretches south and weaves generously through the countryside to Thann. Travel up the "Route" to meet the winegrowers,
taste their wines, wander through a maze of vineyard trails in Medieval villages. Sit and admire the views high
atop the vineyard terraces, which in a moment's pause,
are yours alone. Finally, at every stop, allow yourself to take in the local way of life and by its culinary creativity. With
the complexity of its wines, the Alsace
has made itself known for being one of the most gourmet
regions of France. Over one hundred villages line the Alsace Wine Route,
and in each you can easily find a welcoming wine cellar.
|Varieties of Wine
Sylvanner - remarkably fresh, light, and discretely grapy. Agreeably thirst-quenching,
sometimes lively wine. It pairs well with seafood, cold meats, quiche, fondue
Riesling - dry, distinguished, delicately
fruity, with a very elegant bouquet. A gastronomic wine
it is unrivalled to accompanying fish, shellfish, seafood, white meats,
and of course Alsace sauerkraut/choucroute.
Gewürztraminer - is known worldwide
for its exceptional aromatic characteristics with fruity,
floral or spiced notes. Its structure is powerful and round. Gewürztraminer
is ideal as aperitif, but also with exotic cooking (Asian, Mexican,
and Indian), cheeses and desserts.
Pinot Blanc - combines freshness and flexibility.
It is well rounded, and is the happy medium in the range of Alsace
wines. A perfect choice for many dishes.
Pinot Noir - is the only Alsatian variety
of grapes producing either red or rosé wines, characteristically fruity
with hints of cherry. It is harmonious with poultry, white meat, game
Tokay Pinot Gris - develops
a characteristically opulent flavour. Round, rich, full bodied with
complex flavours, and a long finish. It is excellent with foie gras,
game, white meats, and roasts.
Muscat d'Alsace - dry and different
from the other sweet Muscats of southern France. Its inimitable fruity,
dry, and aromatic at the same time. Makes a marvelous aperitif. It
is also recommended with asparagus.
Cremant d'Alsace -
delicate and lively, sparkling wine made according to the traditional
method, as in Champagne. Made mainly of Pinot Blanc, but also Pinot
Gris, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
The rarer Crémant Rosé is made from Pinot Noir.
All along the Alsace Wine Route, each village takes its turn to organize
their annual wine fair, ("Fete du Vin"), featuring processions and other events in local
costume, punctuated by tastings of local wine. Each fair lasts all day
and often well into the night, in a lively and fun atmosphere.
Andlau's wine fair is usually the first weekend in August.
More Information on Wine Fair dates given upon request.
Photo: Raphael Wach (right) of Jean Wach et Fils corking bottles of cremant d'Alsace (Alsatian champagne method)
Wine Courses & Tours
If you wish to improve your knowledge of wine there are many courses and tours you can take to refresh your knowledge of
the vineyards, grape varieties, Grand Cru Wines, and
wine and food pairings.
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